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San Jose State Reverses Plans To Cut Courses, Delays Construction

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The campus of San Jose State University (SJSU)

The campus of San Jose State University (SJSU)

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) — San Jose State University has reversed plans to eliminate courses in the upcoming spring semester due to budget cuts. While the classes slated for removal are back in the catalog, some building improvements will be delayed.

Students said they are relieved by the school’s decision. David Vigil, a junior, said the last-minute budget shifting was an “awesome” development.

“If they were to cut classes a lot of people would—I don’t want to say be stuck here, but would be here for longer than they intended to be and thus really spending more money than they originally planned,” Vigil told KCBS.

To restore the courses, the university has to move some funds from its infrastructure budget according to school spokesperson Pat Lopes-Harris.

“It was the right thing to do so that we could offer our full compliment of courses in Spring 2014. It does mean that we will postpone improvements that we were hoping to make,” she said.

The infrastructure improvements would have updated pre-World War II buildings on campus. Lopes-Harris said the budget back-and-forth started after some academic departments overspent their planned budgets for the spring semester.

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